Africa aid mission: Bradford grandma needs to raise £4,000 to send off container
A fundraising grandmother from Bradford will be heading off on her latest charity venture later this year after filling a mammoth 40ft container with aid for those most in need.
56-year-old Razia Amini will travel to Sierra Leone in October as she aims to provide supplies to orphaned children and poverty stricken areas in the African country.
After spending 10 months collecting a plethora of goods, the selfless humanitarian is ready to embark on the mission on behalf of Humanity First.
“This will be my first trip to Sierra Leone,” she said. “Following the Ebola crisis and the increased levels of poverty in the country, I think help is needed there more than anywhere else.
“I have heard accounts from people who have travelled there in recent times and about the amount of help that is needed for so many people including a lot of orphaned children. The place is in such a bad state.”
Contained within the bursting storage unit worth of supplies are 50 bicycles, 260 school chairs, 30 tables, and hundreds of camping beds.
Twenty computers, all in good working condition, have also been donated to the appeal with Razia hoping to see them put to good use for a long time.
“The intention is to set up a room, like we did in Gambia, where a minimum fee is charged and adults are taught basic computer skills,” she said.
“The money raised will go towards a charity in Sierra Leone so it is beneficial for all parties over there.”
With a bounty-load of goods still waiting to be moved from her Heaton home to the container, there is still work to be done by the one-woman crusader.
Despite funding the majority of the collections herself, Razia is now in need of support to help send the goods to Africa – a cost which will amount to £4,000.
“My appeal is really to the big business people out there,” she said. “They can change the lives of so many people by helping to send this container. If we pass the target, anything extra will go towards supporting orphanages and children in Sierra Leone.”
If you would like to make a donation to Razia’s aid mission, you can do so by visiting: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Humanity-First1